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Ordonnance 3, 2020


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14.8 x 21 cm
5.83 x 8 in






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India ink on paper.

This project is the result of a performance for which I disguise myself as Doctor Delarue. I am dressed in a white lab coat, wearing a mask, glasses and a stethoscope. I am sitting behind a white desk, two chairs are in front of me. I invite visitors to participate in an artistic consultation. This nomadic medical practice guarantees the confidentiality of what is said through mobile screens. After the participants have communicated their ailments - of all kinds - I generate a unique drawn prescription.
My idea is to work on the ascetic writing which is close to the indecipherable writing that is popularly attributed to doctors.

This project is a way to propose a new interaction with the public by reinvesting the barrier gestures and codes of the health world. We are living in the middle of a pandemic, at a time when the cure is not yet available.
As such, I propose an original form of antidote, the drawn prescriptions, which allows me to evoke the contempt for the world of culture: this constitutes however a first relief in front of the social hardness of this event.
This project was born after seeing a photograph of me as a child wearing a doctor's disguise. I wondered what the disguises were about: there are real desires and fundamental needs behind these childish choices. I want my work to provoke laughter, to relieve and rest. My prescriptions are thought in this sense.

About the Artists

1991 , United States

Through series of drawings, performances and installations, Manon Delarue tells a very direct reality, charged with humor and poetry. Far from condemning the drawing to the small edition, Manon declines it on the contrary on the wall, in various formats, by dressing it up with bright colors, headlines and/or attractive effects to address more acidic issues. During an artistic residency in Iceland, Manon realized a humorous reportage on the wall where she asked the public to intervene on her own compositions, leaving them free to give their opinions. In Japan, on the occasion of her first solo exhibition, she invites visitors to embody what she calls "a strong woman".

She builds a female character out of foam, leaves a hole in the face and invites the participants to stick their heads through it. She then questions them about their own relationship to power.

The performative and playful aspect of her work is rooted in her love of comedy and acting. "When I was six, I was a clown. As a teenager, I went to a lot of stand-up comedy. As a young adult, I did improv. I'm attracted by the generosity of language and the body, but also by the duality of vulnerability and power on stage.

When you play with the audience, a pact of trust is created. It is capable of enriching a show or making it take a different path. I love this discomfort of the participatory, performative project because it is fertile."

This great admirer of humor drawings, of Reiser, Meurisse, Bretécher and Bosc, began to propose immersive narratives under the influence of Alechinsky. "

I was electrified, like when you stand in front of huge landscapes and they tell you about the most sacred and perhaps secret part of yourself. This experience of 'seeing' has been instrumental in my journey."

Manon approaches human relationships, misery, desire and beauty with great sensitivity. Sometimes ferocious, sometimes very tender, she works as close to the present as possible, as much on the everyday as on the political phenomenon. Her only moral imperative is to leave no respite from abuse.

"My work allows me not to be subjected to stupidity. I am merciless to those who crush others but I fight calmly. I sometimes do months of research before I can be fair."

Basically, if one were to determine the question his approach poses, in all circumstances, one could take Butler's question, given at a conference:

"What is a good life?"

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Paris, -

The Maison Contemporain gallery was founded in February 2020. It specializes in the representation of emerging French and international artists. Maison contemporain represents today a selection of more than 300 artists to offer for sale more than 5,000 works of art all mediums combined. Recognized for the quality of the artists presented, Maison contempora...

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